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Worker Shortage Around The Northland

Construction and nursing jobs are at an all time high so local workforce's are coming up with new creative ways to employee new workers

DULUTH, Minn.- There are some career paths in the Northland where the need for employees is at an all time high. With the need for nurses at an all time high, and large construction projects coming to the Northland, two local workforce’s are doing everything they can to add more employees. Some may think it is due to the lack…

Need For Nurses At All Time High

Hospitals around town are becoming more creative on ways to attract new workers

DULUTH, Minn.- And the construction industry isn’t the only workforce that is going through hiring stress. Over the last year, healthcare leaders say there are fewer people applying for jobs at both hospitals in the Northland, and it doesn’t seem to be turning around anytime soon. That is why hospitals are trying more creative methods to encourage nurses and nursing…

Essentia Health Gives Families ‘Passport’ to Healthy Summer

'Passport to Adventure' event brings out community and law enforcement to celebrate health.

DULUTH, Minn.- Making summer fun, and healthy, was the goal at “Passport to Adventure” at Essentia Duluth Heritage Sports Center. Essentia Health brought together law enforcement, emergency services, and families to celebrate healthy eating and activities. Families could get tours of ambulances and firetrucks, ride mountain bikes, and eat a healthy dinner to get them excited about having a healthy…

Cancer Patients, Survivors Encouraged to Attend Essentia Celebration

The Survivors Celebration is Happening Wednesday, June 12 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. – The Miller-Dwan Foundation is hosting their 4th annual Caring Ways Cancer Resource Center Survivorship Celebration for cancer survivors and their families Wednesday, June 12. The event is set to take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works in Duluth. Folks are encouraged to attend and enjoy live music, square dancing, food, and fun for…

Calculating Pollen in Duluth

A look at how pollen levels are calculated here in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn.- Doctors are expecting this to be a particularly bad allergy season with all kinds of trees blooming in a short period of time. Today, we got a behind the scenes look at how pollen levels are calculated here in Duluth. On the roof of Essentia Health, there is a small spinning device that has a grease stick attached…

UMD Hosts Fit-N-Fun Run

Thousands of students laced up their shoes at Malosky Stadium today

DULUTH, Minn.- Students laced up their shoes, stretched out their legs, and got to enjoy the beautiful weather today at UMD during the annual fit and fun run. Two thousand third, fourth, and fifth graders from Duluth Elementary Schools ran a lap around the school’s Stadium in celebration of their hard work put forth in their physical education classes. Once…

Essentia Health Purchases Younkers for Fitness Center

Downtown Fitness Center moving to Mall

DULUTH, Minn.- Essentia Health is investing $15 million in the purchase and remodeling of the 145,000 square foot Younkers space at Miller Hill Mall, to make it the new location of their Fitness and Therapy Center. The Fitness Center at Younkers would take up about 34,000 square feet, about 12,000 square feet larger than the current downtown location. This makes…

Volunteers Across Northland Help the Needy for Day of Caring

Local Non-Profits Team Up with Local Businesses

DULUTH, Minn.- Many different businesses and nonprofits in the Northland spent the annual Day of Caring doing various projects to make a difference in their community. Day of Caring was organized by Head of the Lakes United Way, who matched teams of volunteers with local non–profit agencies in need of extra hands. According those involved, it’s a time when non–profits…

Essentia Health Receives Level 1 Trauma Verification

It's the Regions First and Only Hospital to Receive the Verification

DULUTH, Minn. – Essentia Health-Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth is in a class of its own. It’s the first and only hospital in the region to receive verification as a Level I adult trauma center. Essentia Health is now one of 134 adult trauma centers in the country. The journey to earn this verification has taken six years, but…

Art Treasures from the Past Reintroduced at Superior Public Library

Library Lays Out Local Art

SUPERIOR, Wis.- The 8th Annual Love Your Local Artist fundraiser proved not only how important art is to people’s lives, but how long it lives on in the community. Various art pieces were on display. Local artists shining through their watercolors, sketches, and sculptures. But in one of the library’s conference rooms laid two banners of local history. Murals painted…

New Machinery Creating Medical Miracles in Physical Rehabilitation

It's a balancing hoist, funded by an anonymous donor through the Miller-Dwan Foundation and medical professionals tell us the impact is amazing.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s called the ZeroG, a new piece of medical equipment that’s helping make vast improvements possible for patients attempting to walk again. It’s a balancing hoist, funded by an anonymous donor through the Miller-Dwan Foundation and medical professionals tell us the impact is amazing.  The ZeroG is cutting edge technology and it’s creating more opportunities for therapists at…

Warming Bodies, Warming Hearts

Hospital patients in Duluth are a little cozier thanks to a local car dealership and its customers.

DULUTH, Minn.-  While blankets are always needed in Duluth weather, they are extra special at St. Luke’s Hospital and Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center. About 40 blankets were given out to cancer patients at both hospitals. And it’s all thanks to Miller Hill Subaru in Duluth. As part of their 3rd annual Subaru Cares Program, they accepted donations of…

Local Organizations Collaborate For New Community Garden

The Fourth Street Garden was honored with a Life Enrichment Award from the MOHR Group.

DULUTH, Minn. – A vacant lot on East Fourth Street in Duluth has blossomed into a community garden. The Fourth Street Garden is a collaboration between Essentia Health, Duluth Community Garden Project and UDAC. The idea came about two years ago to transform this once weed filled abandoned space. The food grown in the garden will be collected for the…

Talking the Topic of Suicide

Public resources are located at the bottom of the article.

DULUTH, Minn.- A startling report by the center of disease control shows the rates of suicide of increased by 40% in Minnesota over the last 18 years. Suicide is a serious issue and with free public resources, it can be prevented. But suicide needs to be talked about, when talking with children suicide needs to be discussed in an age-appropriate…

Essentia Health Gives Patient Update On Husky Refinery Explosion

Essentia Health officials say they have planned and prepared for an event like with training and drills.

DULUTH, Minn. – Five patients were taken to Essentia Health in Superior and five more to Essentia Health in Duluth. Of those five in Duluth, one person suffered a serious blast injury and the others had minor injuries. There were no fatalities. Hospital staff tell us they are happy to know that there weren’t as many injuries as initially thought, but it…

Flag Ceremony Honors Organ Recipients and Donors

The flag is raised for 24 hours every time an organ is donated.

DULUTH, Minn.- Organ donors and recipients were honored today in downtown Duluth. Studies show over 3,00 people in the Midwest are waiting to receive an organ. Essentia Health raised a flag showing support for donors and recipients. We spoke with a donor recipient, who received a heart from a young man in a motorcycle accident. “I would go out of…

Essentia Health Needs Hospice Volunteers

Essentia Health will have hospice training in March.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s National Caregivers Day and for some being a caregiver is a calling. If you are one of those people Essentia Health in Duluth is asking for your help. The medical center needs more hospice volunteers. Essentia Health is looking for compassionate people willing to dedicate some of their time helping someone else with different needs like…

Hospitals Dealing with National IV Solution Shortage

Officials with Essentia Health say the shortage isn't affecting patient care.

DULUTH, Minn.- There’s a national shortage of IV solution; aftermath of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, which happens to be home to 80 drug manufactures, who supplied it the solution to the U.S. Officials with Essentia Health in Duluth say there’s no need to worry the shortage isn’t affecting patient care. IV bags are given to patients that are dehydrated. The…

Dietitian: Eating “SMART” Helps New Year’s Resolutions

Cooking Connection: 2018 Healthy Eating

DULUTH, Minn. – In a new year, many Northlanders are trying to better themselves with a list of resolutions. One of the most common resolutions is to eat better. Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator Debra Anderson with Essentia Health visited FOX 21 to share some knowledge. Anderson recommends following a SMART diet because oftentimes people try to change too many…

Kicking the Butts This New Year

Experts Offer Advice for Those Looking to Quit Smoking in the New Year

DULUTH, Minn. – The beginning of a new year could be the perfect time to stop one of your bad habits from happening any longer. Staff at the American Lung Association say deciding to kick the butts can be a common New Year’s resolution, in fact, there are certain techniques proving to be more beneficial than others when trying to…

Northland Couple Welcomes Baby On New Year’s Day

At least five babies were born on New Year's Day at Essentia Health

DULUTH, Minn. – Well it’s a new year and with that comes a new baby for one Northland couple who welcomed their bundle of joy on New Year’s Day. Little Charles Everett Dreier was born at 2:13 a.m. weighing in at 6 pounds and 15 ounces. New mom Susanna Schafter says her due date was Jan. 9. She didn’t expect Charles to…

Northland Man Share His Story Of His Very Own Christmas Miracle

Michael Sylvester was adopted and plans to have genetic testing to see if he carries the gene.

DULUTH, Minn. – After nearly 14 years on the job with the U.S. Postal Service Michael Sylvester is what some may call a walking Christmas miracle. It’s a far cry from where he was back on Dec. 16, 2016. “I noticed I was having some chest pain,” said Sylvester. “I thought it was indigestion.” Michael then did something that isn’t…

Music Therapy Providing Care to Hospice Patients

If you stopped into one of Natalie's sessions it would look like; just two friends and a guitar, catching up during a shared love of songs.

DULUTH, Minn.- Music brings many people together especially in hospice care. Music therapists play many roles in soothing and caring for patients. Experts say the songs can also help patient’s family members. Natalie Hest is a certified music therapist working for Essentia Health at the Solvay Hospice House. “As a music therapist I say I have the gift of time and…

Duluth’s Largest Hospital Has Plans For Expansion

Initial planning started six months ago and Dr. Herman says this expansion will help Duluth grow

DULUTH, Minn. -While exact plans will be announced next year we do know Essentia is looking at everything from rebuilding entire structures to up and down remodels. The goal is to dramatically improve the quality of care for patients while also meeting the changing needs of the next generation of healthcare professionals. Essentia CEO Dr. David Herman tells us current facilities are outdated and uncomfortably cramped especially with modern robotics…

Medical Experts Want You To Think About Advanced Care Planning Options

Essentia Health allows patients to complete a directive plan online through a MyHealth account.

DULUTH, Minn. – With Thanksgiving around the corner, medial experts want you to bring something else to the table. The conversation of advanced care planning, which may cause fear in some, but it’s an important topic to discuss. “When these conversations don’t happen and the patient expires families never talk to each other ever again, because people in the family…

Eat Smart Month Aims to Help Northlanders Improve Heart Health

The American Heart Association Partners with Essentia Health, St. Luke's and Super One Foods to Promote Healthy Eating

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s time to gobble up the rest of your Halloween candy and prepare for a healthy holiday season. The American Heart Association is looking to help consumers celebrate National Eating Healthy Day. The Association along with Essentia Health and St. Luke’s hosted an event Wednesday evening at Super One Foods near the Miller Hill Mall. The event…

New Essentia Health Employee Policy Sparks Controversy

New controversy sparks between Essentia Health and USW.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some controversy is swirly between Essentia Health and the United Steel Workers Union after the company announced, they’re requiring all employees to receive the flu vaccine. The new policy was put in place back in September. Essentia said the policy benefits patients, but the union is hoping for a different solution. “It’s a one size fits all,” USW Local…